Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Freebies For Friends

Thought I'd post some beautiful free digi art images for the holidays today. If you're looking for tags, you can find these adorable tags for FREE from Nina Seven Illustrations at  We Love to Illustrate.



This site also has these free downloadable images from Julissa Mora. The artists at this site are children's illustrators with experience and talent and who just give away some of their amazing work for use by us regular folk. I just love each of their styles. I think I could use this to make an envelope, or make it smaller and write on the back for a tag. It'd make a cute card for a foodie gift if you make those. Cuteness abounds at We Love to Illustrate.



If you like classic tags, here's a freebie from Creature Comforts. This blog has a collection of free tags for use.



And here's another from them. Love the flowery noel.



And I wanted to tell you guys how excited I was to get a little honorable mention shout-out over at the Prima blog. I didn't win, but they featured this tag on their post. It made me happy because this kind of work is a little outside my comfort zone but I thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm loving the Julie Nutting dolls and stamps and this features one of the wooden dolls. I had to Stickle her, of course. But, then, you knew there'd be glitter somewhere.



Happy Last-Friday-Before-Christmas!! I'm off to finish shopping!
Chark

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wintery Wednesday

The temperature decided to dip back into the 30s today, which means it feels more like December...brrrr! All the better to get me in the mood to finish up my cards (yes, I know it's getting ridiculously close to Christmas). 

Today I'm over at the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies blog with my trusty triangle die from Hero Arts that I love so much. It's so fun and versatile and can make any card a statement card.



Here's a peek at my post and cards today, which involve gelatos and watercolor and in which Santa guest stars. 



If you're looking for crafty gift ideas, head over to the a2z Scrapbooking shop for some goodies. If you use the code CHARK15, you can get 15% off your order of $25 or more. Because my blog readers rock...and cuz they told me you could use me as a coupon. 

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Popping By With a Winner!

Just popping in to announce my blog winner from the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop. 



First, THANK YOU for all the nice comments—it was a cool hop and I had fun creating some coffee cups for the holidays and reading your comments. Second, put your hands together for the winner of the Hero Arts stencil from a2z Scrapbooking Supplies.


MARLA!!!

Check your email, Marla, and send me your info so I can order your stencil and get it out to you soon!

Doncha love winning? Hope you guys won something during the blog from one of the participants! If you didn't, but still want some fun products, you can zip over to a2z, load your cart with $25 of goodies and then use CHARK15 to receive 15% off the entire order! Now, aren't you happy you stopped by?


If you're looking for inspiration, I hope you'll check out the a2z Scrapbooking Blog, I'll be posting tomorrow, but you'll find someone with a fun project everyday on the blog.

Happy Tuesday! See you tomorrow for a crafty post!
Chark

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman

Love this song by the Marvelettes—I'm a sucker for any Motown really—and it's the thing that popped into my head as I got this post ready. I made a Christmas card mailbox with Doodlebug Designs products. Love how cute their products are. I got the idea from their blog last year and pinned it for this year.



1. I started with a papier mache mailbox from the craft store, and then covered the main part with the gingerbread boy paper. It doesn't cover all the way, so I flipped the paper over to the green side and used a scallop punch for the bottom section on either side.



2. I used some white grosgrain ribbon for the edges and glued it into place. I added some glittery stickers for a little elf scene.



3. I used green cardstock for the end piece and added another sticker scene. 


4. I used red cardstock for the front of the mailbox and added more cute stickers. Mrs. Claus has a gingerbread cookie for Rudolph.



5. For the inside of the lid, I added the same red cardstock and some patterned paper from the same Doodlebug line. I fussy cut out the gingerbread boy and gave him a friend and a house.



6. I replaced the plain metal brad with a fancier one, covered the flag in washi tape and added my last sticker. Here's the mailbox with cards. 

It was a fun project that took about an hour, since I wasn't sure what I was doing! The flag took the longest because I was going to cover it in paper and then paint it and finally decided on washi. I used glue stick for the large paper bits because I thought it would be more economical to cover the whole thing than if I used tape runner.

Here's my inspiration over at Pinterest, if you're interested.

Happy Monday!
Chark

Products I used  
Santa Express 12x12 Paper
Santa 's Workshop stickers 
EK Success Edge Punch 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cocoa For Santa

See below to win!*


I made this gift bag to resemble a Santa coat just for fun! I've seen candy bar wrappers that look like this and loved it, so I gave it a shot in mug form. I used a free digi mug art and Barn Door Distress Ink, applied straight from pad to paper for depth and richness, added a buckle and belt and then made some whipped cream that I stuck straws in. Delicious!


I used a sizzix woodgrain folder to emboss the paper bag before attaching everything. I added the straws at the last minute and loved how it finished it off and made it more realistic looking. Mmmmm...hot chocolate and whipped cream. And now I want some hot cocoa.

I'm entering the Tsuruta Designs Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Hope you'll join me in a cuppa and in making a fun holiday drink craft. You could win prizes if you do!

17 Turtles:  $15 Store Gift Card
A Muse Studio/Chris Franco:  Cup of Good Cheer stamp set
Add a Little Dazzle:  $25 Store Gift Card
Butterfly Reflections Ink:  Prima Coffee Break
Color Cast Designs:  Coffee Lovers kit
Create a Smile:  Monster Party stamp set
Hero Arts:  A Little & Today's Special stamps/Cup 'O Joe Shadow ink
Kraftin' Kimmie:  $25 Store Gift Card
Kreative Kymona:  Fancy Mug Giveaway
Latina Crafter:  Cafe Wood Veneers + $25 Store Gift Card
Neat & Tangled:  Warm Wishes stamp set
Newton's Nook:  $15 Store Gift Card
Paper Smooches:  $25  Store Gift Card
Pickled Potpourri:  $7 Store Gift Card
Poppystamps:  Tea Cup Stack Die
Reverse Confetti:  $15 Store Gift Card
Stamp Academy:  2 classes
Stampin' Up/Veronica Zalis:  $20 Store Gift Card
STAMPlorations:  $10 Store Gift Card
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:  Coffee Cup Prize Pack
SugarPea Designs:  $20 Store Gift Card
Sweet 'n Sassy:  Pick Me Up Clear stamp & die set
The Alley Way Stamps:  Tea Par-tea stamp set
Two Paper Divas:  Your Warm My Heart stamp set
Verve Stamps:  $25
Whole Wild World:  Coffee before Talkee mug


CANDY ALERT: *I'm giving away your choice of stencil from a2z Scrapbooking Supplies, where I'm on the Design Team. All you gotta do is comment on any of my three Friday posts about the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and you'll be entered. I'd love if you followed my blog, but that's not required. I'll announce the winner next week. Contest will end on Monday, Dec. 15, at 11:59pm (edt).

p.s. If you spend $25 or more at a2z Scrapbooking, you can get 15% off your total if you use CHARK15 as your coupon code...hey, I'm a coupon! 

Happy Friday Redux,
Chark


It's Always Tea Time

See below to win!*

The post title is from the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and it's how I feel about life! I love tea—hot or cold, green or black, slightly sweetened or unsweetened. It's all good in my humble opinion. So, even though I'm entering the Tsuruta Designs Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, I made a tea cup. Shhh! Don't tell anyone it's not coffee.



I used a vintage clip art from The Graphics Fairy, which has tons of free vintage illustrations. Love them! And I used some free Alice vintage digi art too. I used Shabby Shutters and Barn Door Distress Inks that I applied straight to the paper and trim from Doodlebug Design. The hello die is from Papertrey ink. Hope you'll join in the hop! Thanks for looking at my coffee tea card.



17 Turtles:  $15 Store Gift Card
A Muse Studio/Chris Franco:  Cup of Good Cheer stamp set
Add a Little Dazzle:  $25 Store Gift Card
Butterfly Reflections Ink:  Prima Coffee Break
Color Cast Designs:  Coffee Lovers kit
Create a Smile:  Monster Party stamp set
Hero Arts:  A Little & Today's Special stamps/Cup 'O Joe Shadow ink
Kraftin' Kimmie:  $25 Store Gift Card
Kreative Kymona:  Fancy Mug Giveaway
Latina Crafter:  Cafe Wood Veneers + $25 Store Gift Card
Neat & Tangled:  Warm Wishes stamp set
Newton's Nook:  $15 Store Gift Card
Paper Smooches:  $25  Store Gift Card
Pickled Potpourri:  $7 Store Gift Card
Poppystamps:  Tea Cup Stack Die
Reverse Confetti:  $15 Store Gift Card
Stamp Academy:  2 classes
Stampin' Up/Veronica Zalis:  $20 Store Gift Card
STAMPlorations:  $10 Store Gift Card
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:  Coffee Cup Prize Pack
SugarPea Designs:  $20 Store Gift Card
Sweet 'n Sassy:  Pick Me Up Clear stamp & die set
The Alley Way Stamps:  Tea Par-tea stamp set
Two Paper Divas:  Your Warm My Heart stamp set
Verve Stamps:  $25
Whole Wild World:  Coffee before Talkee mug

CANDY ALERT: *I'm giving away your choice of stencil from a2z Scrapbooking Supplies, where I'm on the Design Team. All you gotta do is comment on any of my three Friday posts about the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and you'll be entered. I'd love if you followed my blog, but that's not required. I'll announce the winner next week. Contest will end on Monday, Dec. 15, at 11:59pm (edt).

p.s. If you spend $25 or more at a2z Scrapbooking, you can get 15% off your total if you use CHARK15 as your coupon code...hey, I'm a coupon!  

Happy Friday,
Chark